Alternatives

Thumbs Down for GOP Health Plan

The Congressional Budget Office has analyzed the Republicans’ proposed alternative to the Democrats’ health-care bill. The results? Under the GOP plan, 17 percent of legal, non-elderly Americans would be uninsured in 2010. By 2019, 17 percent of legal, non-elderly Americans would still be uninsured. The GOP plan would also save less money than the Democratic plan. According to the CBO, the GOP plan will reduce the deficit by $68 billion over the next two years. The Democratic plan will reduce the deficit by $104 billion. “The Democratic bill, in other words, covers 12 times as many people and saves $36 billion more than the Republican plan,” Ezra Klein writes.